Asia Bibi happy to be in Canada but ‘very tired’ after blasphemy ordeal, says friend

By John Longhurst — May 9, 2019

(RNS) — Asia Bibi, a Pakistani Christian woman who was acquitted of blasphemy charges, was reunited this week with her family in Canada. The family’s exact location remains secret due to concerns for her safety.

Asia Bibi free to leave Pakistan after court dismisses challenge to her acquittal

By Bob Smietana — January 29, 2019

LAHORE, Pakistan (RNS) — Bibi, a Christian whose death sentence for blasphemy was overturned last year, will likely leave Pakistan after a court rejected an appeal of her acquittal.

Governor convicted of blasphemy freed from Indonesian prison

By Niniek Karmini — January 24, 2019

JAKARTA, Indonesia (AP) — A polarizing Christian politician whose campaign comments ignited the largest protests in years in Muslim-majority Indonesia was freed Thursday after serving nearly two years in prison for blasphemy.

Pakistani Christians face an uneasy Christmas in the wake of Asia Bibi’s release

By Bob Smietana — December 20, 2018

LAHORE, Pakistan (RNS) — The fallout from the release of Bibi — whose death sentence for blasphemy was rescinded this year — has left Pakistan’s Christians wary of a backlash this Christmas.

Blasphemy law is repealed in Ireland but remains a problem for Christian and Muslims

By Steve Pinkerton — November 8, 2018

(The Conversation) — In an increasingly pluralist, multicultural West, blasphemy laws find fresh purpose in policing intolerance between religious communities.

Asia Bibi acquitted of blasphemy in Pakistan, freed from death row

By Bob Smietana — October 31, 2018

LAHORE, Pakistan (RNS) — Asia Bibi, a Pakistani Christian mother who faced the death penalty for allegedly blaspheming against the Prophet Muhammad, was acquitted after spending years on death row.

Egyptian Parliament considers outlawing atheism

By Kimberly Winston — January 4, 2018

(RNS) — It is already illegal to ‘defame’ religion, but a new law would make it a crime to have no belief in God.

Top Indonesia court overturns discriminatory religious law

By Jerome Socolovsky — November 8, 2017

JAKARTA, Indonesia (AP) — Indonesia has for decades recognized only Islam, Protestantism, Catholicism, Buddhism, Hinduism and Confucianism as religions, but millions practice animism and other local faiths.

Marvel Comics’ less than marvelous Muslim mix-up

By Kimberly Winston — April 12, 2017

(RNS) New comic book was supposed to revive X-Men series. Instead, it stirred up religious controversy.

Pakistan threatens to ‘punish’ Facebook, other firms over blasphemy

By Reuters — March 23, 2017

ISLAMABAD, Pakistan (Reuters) Pakistan’s government wants social media networks to remove material deemed insulting to Islam or the Prophet Muhammad, and Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif last week warned that those posting such content would be ‘strictly punished.’

Indonesia Islamists urge ouster of Christian governor accused of blasphemy

By Reuters — February 20, 2017

(Reuters) More protests are planned against the governor, who is is running for re-election in a contest widely seen as a proxy battle for the next presidential election.

Pakistan bans famed religious TV host for hurling blasphemy allegations

By Reuters — January 26, 2017

(Reuters) An accusation of blasphemy in Pakistan is often tantamount to a death sentence.

Indonesia court to proceed with blasphemy trial of Jakarta’s governor

By guest — December 27, 2016

(REUTERS) Jakarta’s Christian governor is accused of insulting the Quran.

Jordanian writer shot dead outside court before trial over cartoon

By Jerome Socolovsky — September 25, 2016

AMMAN, Jordan (Reuters) — A gunman shot dead Jordanian writer Nahed Hattar outside the court where he was to stand trial on charges of contempt of religion after sharing on social media a caricature seen as insulting Islam.

Malaysian rapper held over music video said to insult Islam

By Jerome Socolovsky — August 23, 2016

KUALA LUMPUR, Malaysia — Malaysian authorities remanded a rapper in custody for four days on Monday over a music video he produced that allegedly insulted Islam.

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